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Hopewell Beats Beaver 15-5; Sweeps Two-Game Series

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A day after scoring five runs the unconventional way to defeat Beaver, the Hopewell Vikings came out and did it the old fashioned way this afternoon by pummeling them.

In just 5 innings, the Vikings offense collected 9 hits and 11 walks in a 15-5 win over the Bobcats. With the win, Hopewell improved their record to 5-2 and more importantly, 2-0 in section play.

The beneficiaries of today’s offensive explosion were Hopewell pitchers Kingston Krotec and Payton Korker.

Krotec had an efficient first inning striking out two batters and throwing only 13 pitches.

Hopewell put the game away in the 2nd and 3rd innings as both times they batted around in the order.

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Cleanup hitter Ben McDonald was hit to lead off the second inning. Drew Donovan followed that with a single. The sophomore got the start at second base and had two hits on the day. After scoring their first run on a Beaver error, Logan Triscila followed that with a 2-run single to extend Hopewell’s lead to 3-0.

Later in the inning leading 4-0, Krotec hit a line drive single to center field to score Triscila and Hopewell now led 5-0. The Vikings eventually scored another run on a McDonald sac fly to lead 6-0.

Krotec has an effective 2nd inning inducing two fly outs and striking out the other batter.

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After scoring six runs in the 2nd inning, Coach Singletary’s team followed that up with eight in the third.

The first run of this long inning came home on a RBI single by L. Triscila. On the day, Logan had 2 hits, 3 RBI and scored 2 runs. Later, Beaver misplayed a fly ball by Tyler Triscila, which allowed Aaron Dickhart to score run No. 8.

Hopewell scored their 9th run on a wild pitch and No. 10 when John Vescio was hit with the bases loaded. Four more runs crossed the plate one of which came on another single by Donovan.

Krotec came back out for the 3rd inning and allowed 4 runs (only 2 earned). It couldn’t have been easy to try and come back out and pitch effectively after sitting for so long while his offense batted around in a very, very long 3rd inning.

Hopewell scored another run in the 5th inning and Korker followed up Krotec and pitched 2 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 run and getting a strikeout.

Hopewell will have a day off before opening up an important two game series against Blackhawk. Tuesdays first pitch (weather permitting) at Hopewell High School will take place at 4 PM.

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